[quote=Zippy;977807][quote=bud heishman;976248]I just don't understand how this works???
Look at it this way; one of the best coaches for women's gymnastics is a somewhat overweight older gentleman. There is absolutely no way that he could ever compete with his athletes, but he can get them to win a gold medal in the Olympics.
If there were no way to teach someone without actually showing them, I doubt if anyone would ever win gold.
How do you learn? Is the only way you learn by watching someone better? If that works better for you, go for it.
If your only option to teach something you yourself can not demonstrate is to verbally describe what it is you are trying to teach, I think you are missing a big chunk of affectiveness?
An instructor needs to understand the next step in skill development and it makes sense to be able to describe and demonstrate the skill(s) with reasonable accuracy to relay the full benefit by appealling to the thinker, doer, feeler, and watcher. IMO.
Gymnastics, diving, and bowling are examples of "closed"
skill sports, while skiing, and tennis, motocross, white water kayaking are examples of "open"
The coaches in closed skill sports, which are done in a controlled environment where the goal is to reproduce a specific movement, with repetition, can use verbal direction more effectively to direct a desired movement pattern the athlete has more than likely seen a few times before.
An open skill sport takes place in a changing environment where the goal is to make something happen, requiring anticipation and decision making. In an open skill sport, the visual (especially in the acquisition and developmental phase vs. refinement phase) is very important to help the observer/student better understand the goal.
Bella Corolli (sp?) is not working with beginners.
Just my thinking